Vivo X5Max Review. Sleek and Beautiful.


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If slim phones are your cup of tea, I’m guessing that you’re going to be pretty interested about the smartphone that I’ve picked for reviewing today, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the vivo X5Max, the third thinnest smartphone in the world. Although its China version measures 4.75 mm, I’m going to check out the global version instead, which has a width of 5.1 mm (a very small difference, as you might imagine). Among its most important features, we can count dual-SIM support, a 5.5 inches Super AMOLED display, a 13 MP primary camera and a 5 MP secondary one, a 2,300 mAh battery and more. If you’re feeling interested about it, keep reading and find out more details.

Inside its retail package, the vivo X5Max comes along with its charger, a USB cable which serves for re-charging the device and making data transfers, a pair of headphones with in-ear buds and a transparent plastic cover for the handset’s back and corners.

Let’s take a look at it. The vivo X5Max stands at 153.9 x 78 x 5.1 mm and tips the scale at 156 g, which is kind of unexpected, judging by its thin supermodel profile, but justified, as we’re dealing with a metallic device, after all. The handset is made from aluminum and its rear is mostly made from stainless steel, having a matte finish which looks great and also serves for keeping fingerprints and smudges away. Also on the back stand two small plastic bands which hold the antenna, camera and loudspeaker. The smartphone looks great, is nicely put together and seems to be very sturdy due to its metallic chassis.

The frontal part of the body is occupied by a 5.5 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 401 ppi. The screen provides an excellent image quality, with vibrant colors, great contrast and very wide viewing angles. The smartphone is also perfectly usable on the outside, as the sunlight legibility is also good.

Let’s jump to the software department. The vivo X5Max comes loaded with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which has been customized with the company’s own Funtouch OS. The interface is a pleasure to use once you’re accustomed to it and its appearance resembles with Apple’s iOS. Also a plus is that it comes free of any bloatware.
The lockscreen displays the time and date, a customizable motto/signature and an avatar. A swipe towards the top serves for unlocking and towards the left for accessing the camera. The homescreen features support for effects, folders or widgets and holds all your applications, which are also uninstalled from here, as there’s no App drawer on board.
A swipe from the top reveals the notification area, which holds your notifications and calendar reminders, and a swipe from the bottom will display a menu which consists in a row of quick toggles, a brightness slider and a task switcher.
The smartphone also offers Smart Motion and gesture support: for example, smart wake will launch an app when you draw a letter on the display when it’s off or launch the camera when swiping down.
Air operation enables you unlock the device, switch through homescreens or images and glance at the screen by waving at the front camera. Smart Light wakes up the handset when it detects that it’s pulled from your pocket or when you double tap on the screen. Smart keep uses the front facing camera for detecting if you’re looking at your phone and prevents it from turning off when you do so.

In terms of hardware, the vivo X5Max comes powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset, having a quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & a quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 405 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, which can be extended with a microSD card of up to 128 GB which uses the second SIM slot. The handset is a decent performer for a mid-ranger and will handle daily tasks without any hassle if you’re not a power user.

For taking pictures, the vivo X5Max is equipped with a 13 MP snapper that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels and is assisted by a single LED flash in low light conditions. The camera app offers HDR, Panorama, a Pro mode for manually adjusting the ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance or exposure compensation and more. The images delivered offer some pleasant, accurate colors, a fine contrast and a good amount of resolved detail. Some noise is present too.
The video camera is nothing to write home about and will produce some decent 1080p videos @30 fps.
A front-facing 5 MP camera is also included for making video calls.

Inside its package of useful features, the vivo X5Max holds, among other things, Google Chrome for surfing the web, a great managing tool called iManager, the WPS Office suite for handling documents, a file manager, a GPS receiver with A-GPS support, Google Maps for navigation, some great applications for video and audio playback and much more.

The vivo X5Max has a 2,300 mAh battery and will last for almost three days if used moderately.

vivo X5Max


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